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Father’s Day Gift Guide

On the lookout for a new Fragrance to gift this Father’s Day? Whether you’re gifting for your dad, the father of your kids or buying a fragrance for him *just because*, here’s everything you need to know about some of our favourite fragrances.

Take a deep dive into the world of Fragrance for him at allbeauty as we look beyond the label and reveal some of the iconic notes and facts hidden behind each fragrance classic.

GIFTING GO-TOS

Not all gifts are created equal. The ultimate way to wow is with a designer fragrance, but with over 1800 fragrances for him on offer at allbeauty, it can be hard to know which one to pick. The following product round-up has some of our all time bestsellers. Your gifting? Sorted.

1) Boss Bottled Aftershave Splash 50ml

Hugo Boss is a well known designer brand – but did you know that the fashion house actually dates back to the 1920s? The first fragrance by the house, Boss No 1, was launched in 1985.

Boss Bottled was released 13 years later and celebrates life in the moment. A classic Woody-Spicy fragrance, top notes include Apple and Citrus Fruits. Fronted by Chris Hemsworth (otherwise known as Thor, no big deal) this is a scent with serious cachet.

2) Prada Luna Rossa Black Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml

No fragrance says Italian prestige quite like Prada. This little number is the 7th edition of Prada’s Luna Rossa fragrance, inspired by the Prada Luna Rossa Sailing Challenge. Dynamic and energetic, this amber woody fragrance was launched in 2018 and contains notes of Citrus, Angelica, Coumarin, Patchouli and Amber.

3) Ralph Lauren Polo Green Eau de Toilette Spray 118ml

Created in 1978 and described as a great American classic, this composition is fresh yet timeless. With green notes of Artemisia, Basil and Thyme, you’ll add a touch of spice to any event with the fragrance’s additional notes of Cumin, Coriander and Cloves. Pine Needles and Leather complete the sensory experience.

4) Calvin Klein Eternity For Men Eau de Toilette Spray 200ml

Romantic by name, romantic by nature – Calvin Klein’s Eternity fragrance is described by the brand as having been created for a man committed to the timeless values of family, work, health and happiness. Looking to mix and match? If you’re going out with a significant other, pair with the sophisticated Eternity for Women to make the ultimate scent statement.

5) BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml

Apple, Bergamot and Black Pepper come to the fore in Boss Bottled Eau de Parfum. You may be wondering what the difference is between the Boss Bottled ranges.The Eau de Parfum fragrance has a higher concentration of oil and has a stronger focus on its fruity notes.

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED

It’s time to dust off that going out shirt – make sure he’s smelling his absolute best for those first forays to the Beer Garden. Feeling adventurous? These little beauties are chic enough for a trip to the Cocktail bar as well.

1)  Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory Extreme 100ml

New for 2021, this extreme Amber scent features a “clash” of vibrant zesty lemon and powerful Olibanum incense notes. A more common name for Olibanum is Frankincense making this trophy fragrance a very wise choice to go for indeed. Vanilla and Tonka Bean round off the fragrance with sensuality.The only question that remains is – will Victory be within your reach?

2) Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male Eau de Toilette Spray 125ml

A 2013 fragrance, this composition from Jean Paul Gaultier is described as a fine cocktail of fresh mint and absinthe (wormwood). The perfect choice for a discerning gentleman.

3) Paco Rabanne 1 Million Aftershave Lotion 100ml

Now this isn’t your standard fragrance – this perfume aftershave lotion is lightly fragranced with the aromatic scent of Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million and is perfect for soothing and refreshing skin after a shave. Notes include Peppermint, Blood Mandarin, Cinnamon, Rose Absolute, Amberketal and Leather Accord. Fragrance and skincare? It’s a yes from the allbeauty team.

4) L.12.12 Blanc Pour Lui Eau de Toilette Spray 175ml

Game, Set and Match. This stylish scent is clean, crisp and fresh – not unlike Lacoste’s signature L.12.12 Polo Shirt. This fragrance is composed of the following notes : Grapefruit, Cardamom, Rosemary, Cedar Leaves, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, Cedar, Vetiver and Suede Accord.

5) Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Spray 125ml

Well ahoy there. Jean Paul Gaultier’s original Le Male Le Parfum was winner of the 2021 GQ Grooming Award under the Legend Category. Released in 2020, this intense eau de parfum has joined – and takes leadership of – the Le Male range in a resplendent black and gold officer’s jacket.

ACTION MAN

Make a statement with these quirky perfume bottles which showcase a love of all things adrenaline.

1)  Azzaro Wanted By Night

Resembling the barrel of a gun, this fragrance from Azzaro is a bold Eau de Parfum. With woody, oriental and spicy nuances, itcontains notes of Cinnamon, Red Cedar, and Tobacco.

2) Diesel Only The Brave

This scent was fashion brand Diesel’s first fragrance edition aimed at men. Citrus, amber and leather form the heart of this explosive cocktail. Did you know? The bottle shape was inspired by the fist of brand founder, Renzo Rosso.

3) Azzaro Wanted Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml

Warm, elegant and fresh, this scent contains notes of Lemon, Cardamom and Vetiver and was winner of a Men’s Health Grooming Award 2017.

4) Ralph Lauren Polo Sport Eau de Toilette Spary 75ml

Weren’t the ‘90s a simpler time? Ok, so there are a few ‘20s trends we wouldn’t be without, but sometimes you just want the comfort of a nostalgic fragrance. 1994’s Ralph Lauren Polo Sport is clean, fresh and energetic. With Mint and Seagrass notes, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

5) Viktor&Rolf SpiceBomb Extreme Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml

The masculine counterpart to Flowerbomb, this fragrance packs an explosive and spicy punch. Opening with sparkling Grapefruit notes and the fiery heat of Pimento Berries and Black Pepper, the scent is rounded off by Cumin, Cinnamon and Saffron as well as Balsamic notes of Vanilla and Bourbon.

Shop all Father’s Day Fragrance at allbeauty here.

Honest Talk with Tigi – Recreate the salon feeling at home

Hairdressers and educators from the professional haircare brand TIGI are sharing their tips and tricks for keeping your hair healthy, vibrant and full of life while visits to the hairdresser are a no-go. 

TIGI’s three top tips for keeping hair healthy at home:

• Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type

• Treat your hair once a week 

• Find an effortless product that makes you feel good 

Tips from:

• Piero Gentile, TIGI UK Academy Creative Director

• Aaron Overton, TIGI Regional Education Specialist

• Lucy Hicks, TIGI Regional Education Specialist

• Katie Hartley, TIGI Regional Education Specialist


Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type

Damaged hair

When hair is damaged, it is best to use a shampoo and conditioner designed specifically to help repair, strengthen and protect your hair.

Top tip for damaged coloured hair: If your hair is damaged, focus on repairing the damage first as unhealthy hair does not hold colour in the same way. First, use a repairing shampoo and conditioner, then move onto colour protection.

The first step to bringing lustre back to hair is ensuring you have the best-suited shampoo and conditioner.  If you use a lot of heat, try Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo and Conditioner Set – they are infused with repairing properties to help keep the hair strong and shiny.

TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes
Resurrection Tween Set: Shampoo 750ml & Conditioner 750ml


Brunettes and redheads 

While visits to the salon for colour services are not possible, it is important to keep coloured hair nourished and help hair maintain its vibrant colour. 

For those brunettes and redheads out there, Bed Head Colour Goddess is your miracle in a bottle.  Infused with sweet almond oil, coconut oil and vitamin E, the shampoo and conditioner help to keep the hair hydrated, maintain and enhance the colour vibrancy and keep your coloured hair looking salon fresh.

TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess
Tween Set: Shampoo 750ml & Conditioner 750ml

Top tip: make sure your water isn’t too hot when washing coloured hair and not to over-style using heat to maximise colour retention!


Blonde hair

Maintaining blonde hair colour in between salon visits can be tough, so finding a professional purple shampoo that enhances cool tones and banishes brassy and yellow tones is essential. 

Top tip: be sure to use a high-quality, moisturising violet shampoo to avoid dehydrating and over toning hair, making it appear dull.

To properly maintain cooler blonde colours, use a moisturising violet-based shampoo – Catwalk Fashionista Blonde is perfect. With a violet pigment, which neutralises unwanted brassiness and maintains the blonde colour you have, it will not overtone the ends, which can make it difficult for your hairdresser to balance the colour.

TIGI Catwalk Fashionista
Violet Shampoo 750ml

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner is great for getting specifically blonde hair back to its brilliant best. It is a protein-containing shampoo and conditioner that will help eliminate hair breakage. 

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde
Tween Set: Shampoo 750ml & Reconstructor Conditioner 750ml

Top tip: The blonde conditioner doubles as a reconstructive treatment when left on for 5 minutes once a week


Treat your hair once a week

While haircuts are out of the question, retaining nourished and strong hair is really important. Deep conditioning and repair treatments are great to use once a week for a hair treat!

Treatment for coloured hair

It is important to improve the hair’s ability to hold onto colour from dying. Use the Bed Head Colour Goddess Hair Mask that was designed specifically for coloured hair. Containing a blend of an antioxidant, vitamin and pro-vitamin, this hair mask gives hair intense moisture and deep conditioning which helps hair maintain its electrifying colour. 

TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess
Miracle Treatment Hair Mask for Coloured Hair 200g


For intensive damage repair

Damaged hair can be caused by chemicals, heat and the environment. To give damaged hair a boost of repair and protection, use the Bed Head Resurrection Hair Mask. The hair mask coats the strands of hair to ensure moisture is kept in and the hair is protected.

TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes
Resurrection Treatment Mask 200g

Top tip: to help prevent frizz and increase shine, rinse off your hair mask with cold water

Prefer a leave-in treatment? Bed Head Ego Boost is a multi-functioning leave-in-conditioner. The deep conditioning treatment, with keratin, leaves the hair structure protected by forming a thin film on the hair, it conditions and moisturises hair, making hair softer and easier to comb through, and it fights frizz.

TIGI Bed Head Smoothing, Frizz Control and Shine
Ego Boost Moisturising Leave-In Conditioner 237ml


Find an effortless product that makes you feel good

Having great-looking hair can really boost your mood, and is excellent for those online video meetings! 

Shiny, smooth, sleek hair

Our ultimate HD READY video call hair saviour is Bed Head Headrush – spray it over the hair for instant high shine and a healthy-looking glow. Headrush is great for highlighting individual colour and tones in the hair!

TIGI Bed Head Smoothing, Frizz Control and Shine
Headrush Shine Hair Spray for Shiny Smooth Hair 200ml

Top tip: to ensure full coverage and maximise glossy locks, tip hair to the side and spray in circular motion. Video Tips Here

Prefer a cream-based product? A simple and easy beauty trick to get effortless shiny and silky hair is Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream! Use after shampoo and conditioner on your towel-dried hair as the ultimate shiny hair product.

TIGI Bed Head Smoothing, Frizz Control and Shine
After Party Smoothing Cream for Shiny Frizz-Free Hair 100ml


Boost your hair, boost your mood
Hair feeling a bit flat and lack-lustre? Recreate a big, bouncy salon blow-dry at home with a bit of help from the Bed Head Volume and Thickening Range!

For body, volume, thickness and hold all in 1, we love Bed Head Queen For A Day Thickening Spray! The lightweight spray is super easy to apply before a blow-dry – simply spray a small amount through from roots to ends. 

TIGI Bed Head Thickening and Volumizing
Superstar Queen for a Day Volume Thickening Spray 311ml

Top tip: to maximise volume, gently rough dry your hair after applying the thickening spray, then re-apply the products before blow-drying into shape!


Blow-drying at home tips

• Start with the difficult areas first, if you have a fringe, don’t leave it till last. It will dry on its own and will be a struggle to control by the time you have completed the rest of the blow-dry. 

• Don’t try to blow dry using a brush straight from wet hair. Blast at least 70-80% of the moisture out first, take neat sections and try to use a medium heat.

• For smoother styles that don’t require volume, work with a paddle or a cushion brush, brush hair from side to side to create a neutral finish, this is called wrap drying.

• Finish hair with a shot of cool air to seal the result.

DIY Beauty Appointments

With everything going on in the world, many of us have ditched the coiffed hair and perfectly manicured nails in favour of a more low maintenance routine. Realistically, the choice isn’t entirely ours anyway, as getting out to a beauty appointment isn’t something that will be on the cards any time soon.

Whether you’re naturally low maintenance at the best of times, or this is a new development for you, we’ve got everything you need to embrace the lazier days and manage isolation with ease. After all, if you can’t be lazy now, when can you be?!


Fixing Your Roots 

If you’ve never missed an appointment with your colourist, you might be worrying about just what’s hiding underneath your dyed locks. The good news is, colouring your roots at home is super easy. You might not get quite the same finish as a professional, but it’s the next best thing. Of course, you could always just embrace the grey, it’s very on-trend now don’t you know!


Party Lashes 

For those with lash extensions, there’s no way around it – you’ll have to prepare to look a little patchy over the next few weeks. But help is at hand! While we can’t help with infills, we can offer the next best thing. If you love the way that long fluttering lashes look on you, we stock a fabulous range of false lashes and lengthening mascaras, so you don’t have to go without. You might also want to try a lash treatment, giving you a little extra boost to accentuate your natural assets. 


Fall Back In Love With Your Natural Nails 

We love a good gel polish as much as the next woman, but unless you’re kitted out with a UV lamp at home, that’s not on the cards. Instead, why not embrace your natural nails by treating them to a protective, nourishing treatment. Follow up with a coat of a light, subtle shade of polish from Dior or Givenchy to finish the look. With a little bit of TLC, you may just be surprised at how great your nails are au natural. 


Get Your Brows Ready 

When you wake up knowing you won’t be leaving the house, do you really want to spend time drawing on the perfect brow? We didn’t think so. Ditch the brow pencils for now and instead simplify your beauty routine by tweezing out stray hairs as needed and perhaps following with brow wax for a little extra control. You might even surprise yourself with the results!


Your Hair Removal Method 

Let’s face it, your social calendar is depressingly empty for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you have to embrace the fuzz (unless you want to of course!). Hot wax is out, back-to-basics is in. Go for the quick and easy option with a quality ladies shaver, a smoother finish with an epilator, or go for the longer lasting option with an IPL hair removal system. For the best results, follow with a growth inhibiting product designed to slow regrowth. 


Get The Glow 

Tanning beds and professional sprays are out, low-maintenance glow is in. We might be spending less time indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the bronzed look. With a range of instant and gradual self-tanning solutions, you can achieve that sun-kissed glow without leaving the house! And if you find yourself looking washed out on those Zoom conference calls, a facial tanner or touch of bronzer can make the world of difference. 


We hope you’ll agree, not being able to leave the house doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy looking great, without having to put in too much effort. Of course, the lowest maintenance option of all is to forego your beauty regime altogether, but what fun is that?!

 

Making your hair colour last at home – With Shu Uemura

Coloured hair can be tricky to maintain at the best of times, let alone when you can’t schedule a regular maintenance upkeep to avoid unwanted colour fade! 

With salon trips becoming the stuff of daydreams, we’re lucky to have the team from Shu Uemura on hand to  advise us on how to keep that colour going.

 

 

 

 

 


Shu Uemura Art of Hair are experts in the art of making your hair colour last. The ultimate in avant-garde luxury, Shu Uemura Art of Hair fuses unique natural ingredients with trailblazing science, and the experience of the world’s most inspired hairstylists, to offer women everywhere the absolute artistry of beautiful hair.

Their Colour Lustre range is specifically designed to preserve and intensify your hair colour at home, preventing that fade and keeping your colour locked and lasting. 

Explore the Shu Uemura Art of Hair method for prolonging your colour and keeping it vibrant all year round: 


Don’t wash coloured hair too often 

To prevent water from washing away your vibrant colour, the answer is simple: Wash your hair less often. To retain those natural oils that help condition your colour-treated hair, shampoo just two or three times per week, and never more than every other day. This will help your colour last longer and help maintain health in your coloured hair. 

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Dry Cleaner For Colour-Treated Hair 136g

Try Colour Lustre Dry Cleaner for colour treated hair, this 2-in-1 Dry shampoo gently cleanses by absorbing oils and impurities at the roots while moisturising dry lengths and ends. Unlike other dry shampoos, the formula has translucent micro-fine powders that absorb oil without leaving any residue or unwanted texture behind.

Great for second-day hairstyles, post-gym touch-ups and workweek refreshes.

To use: Create a part on dry hair. Shake well before use. Spray dry shampoo 8-10 inches from roots. Repeat on multiple sections as desired. Brush or use fingers to distribute product evenly.


Protect against Heat 

Everyday heat styling causes structural damage to the protein of the hair and denaturing occurs. What that means is that the proteins open up, opening the proteins weakens the core structure of hair which is why applying heat protectant is so important, try Colour Lustre Brilliant Glaze Thermomilk, highly concentrated in Refining Lipids, this lightweight, nourishing leave-in milk for colour-treated hair provides guilt-free heat styling and all-day shape memory while protecting from colour fade. Imparts a vibrant, glazed shine and a polished touch.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Thermomilk 150ml

To use: On towel-dried hair, apply a small amount evenly from mid-lengths to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Section hair and blow-dry section by section from roots to ends. Do not rinse.


Preserve Colour 

Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Shampoo transforms into a rich, abundant foam that lathers quickly and offers easy rinsing while protecting from colour washout and respecting the balance of the scalp. Prevents colour from fading, protects the hair fibre and balances the scalp’s natural oils. The shampoo’s refining lipids mimic the hair’s natural protective varnish to insulate the cortex from water and other external stress factors. Contains Musk Rose Oil known for its inherent healing properties and Goji Berry Extract which helps protect the hair from oxidation and colour fade.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Shampoo 300ml


Nourish Your Hair

Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner provides lightweight conditioning with a glazed touch and polished shine from mid-lengths to ends while preserving the hair colour. The conditioner’s refining lipids mimic the hair’s natural protective varnish to insulate the cortex from water and other external stress factors. Resulting in the restoration of hair’s natural varnish, colour preservation and added vibrant polished shine. Formulated for daily use.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Conditioner 250ml

To use: After shampooing, massage into damp hair and rinse thoroughly.


Reverse the Damage 

For hair that feels damaged through colour treatments and heat damage use Colour Lustre Brilliant Glaze Masque. This rich cream masque instantly restores the hair’s protective varnish to preserve hair colour and deeply nourishes the hair fibre. Provides a glazed touch from mid-lengths to ends with a vibrant, polished shine. Musk rose oil with inherent healing properties the oil is rich in fatty acids that deeply nourish the hair fibre and protect the hair from discolouring.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Masque 200ml

To use: After shampooing, massage into damp hair. After 5-10 minutes, rinse out. For finer hair, use as a weekly treatment. For thicker hair, use daily in replace of conditioner.

Pro Tip: If you have extremely damaged hair, use both the Colour Lustre Shampoo and Mask together to protect and restore that vibrant shade. 


Shop all Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lust at allbeauty.

Ask allbeauty: Top Tips for Restful Sleep

Sleep. We all need it, but most of us aren’t getting enough of it. Whether you’re partial to a late-night Netflix binge, struggle to switch off from social media, or live with tiny people who don’t understand the concept of sleeping through the night, getting a full night of restful sleep can be the stuff of daydreams.

With that in mind, the allbeauty team is here to tackle some of your sleep complaints and help you to sleep deeper, longer, and more peacefully.


“My husband feels refreshed after six hours of sleep, but I still feel drained after eight! How much sleep do I really need?”

The amount of sleep each of us needs can vary, depending on a number of circumstances. Our age, health and how active we are during the day all play a part in our sleep habits. Not to mention, we’re all unique and so are our individual sleep needs. All that being said though, the average healthy adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Head to bed an hour earlier for a solid week and see if it makes a difference to your energy levels.


“No matter what time I go to bed, I struggle to switch my brain off and end up tossing and turning. What can I do to help tune it out?”

This is one of the biggest issues facing our readers. You do all the right things, go to bed early, but end up fretting over every little thing your brain throws at you. For busy minds, a two-pronged approach is best. Aroma plays a powerful role in relaxation, so invest in a scented candle, oil or pillow spray to get to work on your subconscious. Our favourites are the Neom Scent to Sleep Diffuser and the thisworks Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. Trying some mindfulness exercises can also be incredibly helpful, so it’s well worth having one or two in your arsenal. 

Neom Organics London 
Scent To Sleep Tranquillity Reed Diffuser 100ml

“I know certain scents can encourage sleep, but I don’t enjoy the smell of lavender. Do you have any other suggestions for scents I could try?

There are a handful of scents that are particularly conducive to sleep and yes, lavender is the most widely used. As a hardy plant that grows well in many climates, it’s a popular addition to sleep products. However, there are still a few great options if you’re avoiding lavender. Chamomile is a popular choice, but also vanilla, geranium and jasmine.

The Organic Pharmacy Cleanse
Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Milk 100ml


“My kids have trouble settling down to sleep and wake multiple times before midnight. How can I encourage them to sleep so I can get to bed earlier?”

Why is it that we spend the first decade of our lives fighting sleep, and the rest of our lives trying to get more of it? Routine can play a big part in helping kids to settle to sleep, so try to create a relaxing nightly routine for them. Scent aids relaxation, so a warm bath with lavender and a calming bedtime story can help signal that its sleep time.


“I love to catch up on my favourite shows in bed, but I’ve heard it can impact my sleep. Any ideas?”

You’ve heard right, the blue light emitted from your TV, tablet or phone can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime, which makes it more difficult to drift off to sleep. In fact, it’s recommended to avoid screens for at least an hour before bed. Instead, why not listen to a podcast? Equally entertaining when you feel like you’re not yet ready to surrender to sleep, a good podcast can satisfy your TV cravings without any negative after-effects. For a particularly sleepy podcast, we love Sleep With Me.


“I struggle to wind down after a day at work. How can I create an evening that’s more conducive to sleep?”

Along with the other tips we’ve discussed, such as avoiding screens an hour before bed, you may want to consider taking a long bath on the nights you most struggle to unwind. The heat of a bath can relax your muscles, reduce stress and give your brain a chance to process the day. Make the most of your soak by using sleep-supporting scented bath oil, such as Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk.


Whatever hurdles stand in your way of a good night’s sleep, we’ve got the tools you need to overcome them. Check out our full range of sleep products here.

Cellulite: The Lowdown on Orange Peel

Ah, cellulite. That dimply, dappled effect that dons the legs, bums, tums and arms of 90% of women. First of all, let that statistic sink in. 90% of women suffer from cellulite, so if you’ve spent years battling the dreaded orange peel, you’re in very good company. 

Whether you’re working toward embracing and accepting your lumpy bits, or are looking for ways to banish them, here you’ll find everything you need to know.


Myths About Cellulite

Women of different ethnicity's showing their cellulite

Let’s start by covering some of the untruths many people believe about cellulite. 

Cellulite only affects you if you’re overweight

Cellulite is one of those things that strikes indiscriminately. Despite what many may think, weight isn’t always a factor. While a larger surface area can certainly make cellulite more obvious, being overweight isn’t a precursor for cellulite. Many of us will vouch for that fact. 

Cellulite is genetic.

While there can be a genetic element to cellulite, our biology is rather complicated so it isn’t quite as straightforward as that. One sister within a family may inherit her mother’s dimply bottom, while her sibling may not. If ever there was a trigger for sibling rivalry! 

When it comes to hereditary cellulite, it’s luck of the draw.

Men don’t get cellulite.

Blokes aren’t passed over in the genetic lottery either I’m afraid. Cellulite does affect women in a greater proportion due to our typical fat distribution and connective tissue, but it also affects an estimated 10% of men. However, men do have the benefit of being able to wear their hairy thighs with pride to take the focus off those lumps and bumps. If only!

There’s nothing you can do about cellulite.

Time for hard truths. There’s nothing you can do to rid yourself of cellulite completely. We know, we know. It hurts to hear it. If there was a magical treatment that blasted those bumps into oblivion, we’d be first in the queue. Sadly, that’s just not the way it works. BUT, and this is a big but, you can reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. So, for those of us who would rather eradicate than embrace, there’s hope in sight. 


So, What Causes Cellulite?

Without going too far into the science, cellulite is the term for the bumps and dimples created on the skin by underlying fat. When the fat pushes through connective tissue it can make the skin above pucker or bulge, creating cellulite. Women have vertical connective tissue, making us more susceptible to this effect, while men have a criss-cross structure that makes cellulite less likely. 

Woman showing her Cellulite

Your genetics play a role in determining your connective tissue, but lifestyle factors can also play a role. If you smoke, have a diet low in fibre, or live a sedentary lifestyle, you’re more at risk of exacerbating cellulite. 

Unfortunately, age also plays a factor, as those connective tissues weaken over time. From around the age of 30, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, the substance which gives our skin its elasticity. The combination of these two age-related factors makes cellulite more likely to form.


Types of Cellulite

Did you realise there was more than one type of cellulite? You’re not alone! There are in fact three types of cellulite of different severities which are grouped based on their visual appearance.

Grade 1, mild cellulite:

Typically “orange-peel” in appearance. Mild cellulite is categorised as having between 1 and 4 superficial depressions and slight sagging to the skin. 

Grade 2, moderate cellulite:

Typically “cottage cheese” in appearance. Moderate cellulite is categorised as having between 5 and 9 medium-depth depressions and moderate sagging.

Grade 3, severe cellulite:

Typically has a “mattress” appearance. Severe cellulite is categorised as having 10 or more deep depressions and severe sagging.


How to Get Rid of Cellulite

As we learned in #4 of the cellulite myths, you can’t get rid of cellulite, but that’s not to say you have to be happy with the status quo. So, if you can’t wave a magic wand and reveal a silky smooth bum, tum and thighs, what can you do?

Embrace Those Curves

Life’s too short to spend hiding behind sarongs, knee-length shorts and drapey kaftans. Throw off those excess layers and stride to the sand or poolside with confidence. 

Ok, if you’re reading this article then chances are you’re not quite at that point. But next time you’re at the beach or pool, instead of worrying what your body looks like, take a moment to look around. People come in every shape and size. That woman with the glorious legs is probably self-conscious about her small breasts, the one with the pert bum may have crooked teeth she spends her life trying to hide. 

We all have our imperfections, so why not just accept and embrace them? 

Give Your Skin A Fighting Chance

While there are a lot of factors that can’t be changed, there are a few things you can do to help your body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables which are high in fibre, and reduce the salt and saturated fats you consume. Staying hydrated will also help your skin retain some of its moisture, reducing the appearance of cellulite. 

In terms of lifestyle, step away from the cigarettes and try to move more. Exercising won’t get rid of cellulite, but it does help to improve the muscle tone beneath the fatty layer of cellulite. Blood circulation to the affected area can also play an important role in cellulite, so avoid sitting for long periods of time, or wearing clothing that may limit blood flow.

How Can You Smooth The Appearance Of Cellulite?

If you’ve tackled the lifestyle aspects of cellulite but still aren’t seeing the results you want, it may be time to enlist some expert help. There are a variety of techniques and ingredients which can tackle cellulite, but here are a few of the products rated highest by other allbeauty customers.

 

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel - Cellulite

If you have a special event and need smoother skin in a flash, look no further than the Fast Action Slimming Gel by Guinot. Stimulating circulation and encouraging the draining of excess fluid from tissue, cellulite is visibly reduced. 

“Very happy with the purchase, price, delivery and quality of the product.”

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules - Cellulite

Caffeine has been shown to stimulate circulation and burn fat, making these oil capsules a great way to shift your dimples.

“Impressed with the results already, easy to apply. Would highly recommend.”

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush - Cellulite

Stimulating blood flow to those problem areas can help to plump skin and reduce the appearance of orange peel skin. Incorporate a dry scrub into your daily routine with this Body Detox Skin Brush from Elemis.

“Introduced to this product on a cruise. Bought 4 more for Christmas presents says it all!”

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil - Cellulite

Rich in natural plant extracts, the Cellulite Oil by Weleda firms and improves the appearance of cellulite. Use in tandem with the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush for best results.

“This oil is amazing, it has completely changed how I feel about my back thighs. It has reduced the cellulite dramatically with help from using a body brush. I highly recommend this product!!!”

5* review from allbeauty customer


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An hour a day just for you

With the days getting shorter and the nights longer, the time has come to set our clocks back an hour. A tradition dating back to 1916 in the UK, resetting the time allowed farmers to get a headstart on the day, making the most of the limited daylight hours. But it isn’t only farmers who should get to reap the benefits of that extra hour, you can too.

At allbeauty we believe in the importance of “me time”, those all too often infrequent moments when we prioritise our own mental wellbeing over the humdrum of daily life.

This Autumn, we challenge you to make the most of gaining an hour by adding self-care to your daily routine. One hour a day, just for you.

It may sound like a pipe-dream, but taking an hour a day to show yourself some love is a habit that simply takes commitment on your part. It may be going to bed an hour early to enjoy a morning lie-in, or an early start to allow you to begin the day with a face mask and pedicure. Small changes can make a big difference to the quality of your daily life.

Need inspiration? Here are some of the allbeauty team’s top suggestions for how to spend your power-hour:

Sleep

It may not be the most indulgent or glamorous option on our list, but sleep tops the charts for one of the most beneficial ways to spend an extra hour. Whether it means preparing your lunch and outfit the evening before, or hitting the hay earlier, getting an additional hour of sleep will leave you feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to face the day.

Encourage the sandman with these sleep-inducing secret weapons.

Smile Makers

Ooh-er! Taking some time for self-discovery between the sheets is a fantastic way to prioritise your wellbeing. An orgasm releases oxytocin and dopamine, so you’ll not only be feeling great physically but will also reduce stress, relieve pain and boost your confidence. What better way to start the day?! Evening me-time comes with the added bonus of getting a better night’s sleep too! Win/win!

Pelvic Floor Trainer

It may not seem like the most thrilling way to indulge in self-care (especially after the previous suggestion), but taking time out of your day to do pelvic floor exercises is an investment in your future self. An estimated 3-6 million people in the UK experience urinary incontinence, minimise your risk with targeted pelvic floor training.

Candle and a Bath

The ultimate in relaxation, a steaming bath paired with a fragrant candle is an ideal way to end the day. Let the heat of the tub soothe your muscles and soften your skin, while an aromatic candle indulges your senses and promotes relaxation. Perfection!

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Face Mask

We lead busy lives and our skin bears the brunt of that. Sensitivity, dehydration, sun-damage and exposure to pollution are all common factors that lead to lack lustre skin. With a range of face masks designed to target the full spectrum of dermatological complaints, treat yourself at least once a week, preferably in the company of a good book.

Foot mask / Pedicure

Feet are one of the most hardworking parts of our body but are rarely shown the care they deserve, particularly once the sandals have been packed away for the year. Show your tootsies some love with a weekly pedicure and foot mask available at allbeauty.

Hair Treatments

As the clocks go back and Autumn arrives, our hair has a season of woolly hats, rain, wind and central heating to contend with. Treat your locks to regular moisturising hair masks to condition and strengthen your strands from root to tip.

With such a wide range of ideas for prioritising your wellbeing, be sure to put the 25th October in your diary as the day your new self-care routine begins – you deserve it.

Find the Perfect Summer Serum – with Decléor

Why swapping your heavy winter moisturiser for a lightweight summer serum could improve your skin this season.

The arrival of summer calls for some big changes, switching out our winter wardrobe for those lighter options, embracing our natural hair to avoid the extra heat damage and opting for a more minimal approach to makeup, it’s just going to melt off anyway, right? But do we give the same consideration to our skincare?

The winter is harsh on our skin, and it calls for rich, heavy moisturisers to protect against the elements, like a nice thick jumper for your face. It is important during those summer months that your skin is able to breathe. Our skin is naturally able to hydrate itself better during the warmer months, meaning that thick coverage from moisturisers can clog up your pores and leaving your skin looking and feeling oily.

Essential Oil Serums are the perfect alternative to your winter moisturiser; they are lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin, leaving you feeling fresh and glowing even during hot and humid weather. The uplifting essential oils have more than a skin-deep effect and can help ease stress and restore emotional balance, with the added benefit of being the perfect base for applying your sun cream without multi-product buildup. We caught up with Decléor to discover the science behind each Essential Oil serum and what makes them the perfect summer skin saviour for every skin type.

Decléór Serum Ingredients

Decléor Skincare Specialist Fiona Brackenbury knows a thing or two about Essential Oils. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, she is a fountain of knowledge on all things skin! Here she shares with us the lowdown on the best Essential Oils, and which ones to try for your skin type.

“Essential Oils are one of the most powerful parts of the plant and can be extracted from the roots, blossoms, leaves and fruits of plants. Mostly famously documented the Egyptians used Essential Oils in the mummification process to preserve the organs. Each has 150 active molecules and is a potent power-packed ingredient.”

Essential Oils have the same molecular structure as our blood and lymph. Therefore the body recognises them and can absorb them into the skin to the deepest layer – the dermis. They are one of the quickest ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Essential Oils are effective in addressing skin, body and mind disorders thanks to their rebalancing properties. Impermeable to water but permeable to gases and oils, the epidermis can easily absorb Essential Oils through the hair follicles and sweat glands to allow them to penetrate deep down. The rapid absorption of these oils allows us to turbo boost the effectiveness of other products by acting like a magnet and drawing them deeper in the skin to the dermis. This gives us magnified results and is why they are at the heart of every Decléor product.

Essential Oils can enter the body through application to the skin or inhalation.

It takes 4 seconds from inhalation for Essential Oils to stimulate the highly sensitive cells at the back of our nostrils and send signals directly to the brain. These signals alert our limbic system which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that controls our memory, stress levels, hormonal and emotional balance. The limbic system in the brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, physiological and emotional responses that the body performs based on stimulus from the outside. This makes Essential Oils a powerful tool in treating our emotional state and can change and recharge your life. Next time you apply one of the Aromessence oil serums, take a deep breath and inhale before applying it to the skin.

So you’ve heard all the benefits – now let’s take a look at which ones are right for you.


BEST ESSENTIAL OIL FOR MY SKIN TYPE

FOR DEHYDRATED SKIN:Decléór Neroli Bigarade Aromessence Serum

Neroli Essential Oil is at the heart of many Decléór products. Known for its benefits to increase hydration levels and improve the complexion of the skin it also leaves skin glowing. Neroli is ideal for those who have a dehydrated skin type or find that skin is lacking luster and looking dull. Neroli Essential Oil is obtained from fresh flower buds of the bitter orange tree, cultivated in Tunisia. The fresh flower buds are harvested in late April/early May. Harvesting is delicate due to the risk of frosts before and during the harvest. 1 ton of flowers yields 500g of Neroli Essential Oil. Its composition comprises 120 molecules.


FOR SKIN THAT’S LACKING FIRMNESS, WITH SLACKENED SKIN OR WRINKLES:

Lavender Essential Oil has 3 main benefits on the skin. Lavender Essential Oil is beneficial to target lines and wrinkles and loss of collagen and is suitable for a mature skin type with a skin age of 40+. It reduces glycation ageing (sugar damage build-up), it increases the quality of the elastin fibers and has a boost on cell proliferation. Lavender Essential Oil takes 6 years to create; 3 years to grow the root of Iris and 3 years to dry the root before distillation.


FOR SENSITIVE, FRAGILE, REACTIVE SKIN:

Essential Oil of Damascena Rose is the queen of roses and comes from Turkey. It is a large pink potent flower and it is proven to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. This makes it the ideal ingredient to use if your skin is suffering from sensitivity (through hormones, pregnancy, stress or hereditary causes) or if you notice that your skin type needs calming and soothing due to adult acne or rosacea. Damascena Rose helps to relieve sensitivity,  soothe and calm the skin and reduce redness and inflammation whilst building the skin’s tolerance.


OILY AND COMBINATION SKIN PRONE TO BREAKOUTS:

YlangYlang Essential Oil comes from Malaysia and is clinically proven to help reduce our own oil flow by 20%, limiting surface oiliness and shine. It is 1.5x more effective than salicylic acid to help refine the skin’s texture. YlangYlang Essential Oil is suitable for people suffering from breakouts and acne as it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to deeply cleanse the skin. Essential Oils are a great treatment for oily skin as oil attracts oil (fight fire with fire).


FIRST SIGNS OF AGEING (EXPRESSION LINES, DEHYDRATION):

Green Mandarin Essential Oil has a triple-action performance on stimulating the youthfulness of the skin. Green Mandarin Essential Oil helps the skin to repair from damage and protect and repair the skin cells whilst hydrating. It can alter the way that the skin behaves and helps to prevent wrinkles from appearing whilst correcting the appearance of those that have.


FOR MATURE SKINS (LOSS OF CONTOUR, LOSS OF DENSITY, LOSS OF COLOUR AND DEFINITION):

Magnolia Essential Oil is clinically proven to stimulate your body’s production of collagen and fibrillin (responsible for giving the skin elasticity) and also helps to increase the decorin in the skin. Magnolia Essential Oil acts as a support mattress for more mature skin by helping to hold everything up. Magnolia Essential Oil helps to reshape, re-cushion and re-densify the skin.


FOR ANTI-POLLUTION:

Antidote Daily Advanced Concentrate, Hyaluronic Acid Serum strengthens the skin’s barrier and protects it from daily aggression’s, such as pollution. The Antidote Serum leaves the skin soft and comfortable, immediately after application and all day long. This patented formula combines a powerful blend of Peppermint, Sandalwood and Patchouli Hydrating Essential Oils and Natural Origin, Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid. Antidote Daily Advanced Concentrate Water-Based Serum is suitable for all skin types: dry skin, uneven skin, oily skin and sensitive skin.

Inspired to make a skincare switch from moisturiser to serum this Summer?  Discover the full Decléor range.

World Wellbeing Week Toolkit with Neom

Now in its second year, World WellBeing Week provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on our overall awareness for the many aspects of wellbeing including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing. With this year bringing events that we could not have planned, it is important now, more than ever, that we are equipped with the tools to cope so that our wellbeing can thrive.


We have caught up with Neom Organics founder and Creative Director, Nicola Elliott, to talk us through finding your own personal toolkit:

“Wow, where do I start? I am not a calm person, I wish I was. I’m a full-on ball of energy, with a default state of super busy. It has gotten me into big trouble and I started to get anxiety. After spending seven hectic years working 60 hour weeks as an editor for Glamour magazine, I noticed my own wellbeing, and that of my close friends, was being affected by the stress and demands of modern-day busy life. 

Other offenders? Poor sleep, stress, low energy and mood swings. This kick-started my own wellbeing journey so I trained as an aromatherapist and nutritionist. My wellbeing was a big part of launching NEOM because I found that essential oils (and our particular blend called Real Luxury which I created) can be a massive help for me and my wellbeing. 

I place a high priority on taking care of myself. After all, we need to be healthy and happy ourselves to be able to take care of others. I try to take a little time out for myself each day, whether that’s a quick run in the morning, or a relaxing bath in the evening, just having that time to switch off from being a mum/wife/boss is super important for me. 

At NEOM our mantra is “Small Steps Big Difference” – if you can do just one small thing each day, it can make a huge difference to your wellbeing in the long term. Wellbeing doesn’t have to be about perfect green smoothies (although cool if you like them) or crazy exercise/dieting, it can be a walk round the park with your kids, a glass of wine with your friends that boosts your mood, grabbing a deeply relaxing bath that works hard to prepare you for a perfect night’s sleep, lighting up a candle at home and creating a calm zone or it might be a yoga class or a long run – whatever your version of wellbeing is, is cool, but let’s keep it real! 


 My small steps to Wellbeing…

Mornings start with a power shower
An easy way to start your day with a mood lift is to use
Great Day Body Wash, followed by the Body Lotion and a drop of Great Day Face Oil with the zingy essential oils of mint and mandarin.

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Great Day Body & Hand Wash 250ml

 

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Great Day Body & Hand Lotion 250ml

 

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Great Day Glow Face Oil 28ml


Move your body
Find what works best for you. Yoga? A walk – I like to run outdoors – a double whammy if you can get fresh air (and Vitamin D) at the same time.Meditate –  (I like the Calm App). This can be tricky for me, but something little each day works a treat for busy/overloaded minds.


Essential Oils & The Breath
Essential Oils are an excellent tool to de-stress and take yourself out of the moment, there is a blend for every mood and feeling, whether you are looking for
sleep, calm, energy or happiness-boosting. There are multiple ways to reap the benefits of essential oil, you can inhale them, either through a humidifier or diffuser. Add them to a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba or almond oil and apply to your skin. I burn the 3 wick candle daily and also use the super-smart Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter with skin-nourishing ingredients and a shot of magnesium – a wonder mineral which up to 80% of us are deficient in and is brilliant for so many things including helping with better sleep, less stress and boosting your mood.

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep
Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Neom Organics London Scent To Calm & Relax
Complete Bliss Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Neom Organics London Scent To Boost Your Energy
Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Feel Good Vibes Essential Oil Blend 10ml

 

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress
Real Luxury Candle (3 Wicks) 420g

 

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress
Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter 200ml


Unplug
It’s not the device itself as much as that ‘always on’ feeling it creates. Ping! Oh is that my boss? Ping! What’s the matter now? Ping! They might need me immediately….you get the gist it’s just a relentless ‘turned on’ feeling that just needs turning OFF for a few hours.


Baths
In 10 mins I can create a calm zone in my bathroom and I honestly emerge feeling like I’ve done a personal reboot. I switch on The Wellbeing Pod (with a little sleepy essential oil blend) and add a glug of
Bedtime Hero Bath Foam and relax.

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Feel Good
Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser

 

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep
Bedtime Hero Bath Foam 200ml


Take the time to find out what wellbeing toolkit can work for you. Explore the full Neom range.

Heatwave Hair Hacks with KMS

REDUCE FRIZZ and avoid that dreaded humidity hair

As temperatures rise and humidity levels rocket, we all risk falling victim to dreaded ‘humidity hair’ disasters. The main cause of frizz and flyaways during summer is lack of moisture in our hair, meaning the cuticles of our hair dry out and create this ‘frizzy’ result.

Here’s the good news – you can tame that frizz in three easy steps!

KMS are a professional hair brand with a range of products organised into three easy steps – START, STYLE and FINISH. By using the TAMEFRIZZ Start, Style, Finish regime you can reduce frizz by up to 100%.


STEP 1: START WITH A GOOD BASE 

It is important to understand the cause of frizz so you can take the right steps to combat your unruly locks. Frizz is caused by humidity, which is the level of moisture in the air. If you have dry hair, it is more inclined to soak up that moisture from the air causing the hair cuticles to expand and making the hair look fluffy or frizzy.

KMS TameFrizz SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER will give you the perfect base to fight the frizz. With the innovative technology of AHA structure complex, this shampoo and conditioner combo is your first step in frizz reduction. Lactic Acid and Malic Acid work to support the internal reconstruction of the hair while Polyquaternium-10 evens out the hair surface. TAMEFRIZZ conditioner not only combats frizz but also detangles and conditions the hair. 

KMS START
TameFrizz Shampoo 750ml

KMS START
TameFrizz Conditioner 750ml

For added humidity protection, use TAMEFRIZZ SMOOTHING RECONSTRUCTOR. This mask works to revive and soften even the most deeply stressed or overworked hair. The formula is light enough not to weigh down hair, but hydrating enough to tame frizz. Just apply the product evenly to shampooed hair and leave on for 3-5 minutes then rinse. 

KMS START
TameFrizz Smoothing Reconstructor 200ml


STEP 2: STYLE
USE ANTI-FRIZZ STYLING PRODUCTS TO BUILD A FULL HUMIDITY CONTROL REGIME 

KMS TAMEFRIZZ SMOOTHING LOTION reduces frizz during the drying process. Work the lotion through towel-dried hair and blow-dry or air dry. This product is made up of innovative shaping blends that are key to eliminating flyaways and static. Polyquaternium-37 eliminates flyaways while Hydroxypropyl Guar/Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride smoothes and reduces frizz. 

KMS STYLE
TameFrizz Smoothing Lotion 150ml

STYLISTS TIP:  Our stylists recommend sleeping with a silk hair wrap. This tip will protect your hair from friction that is caused by cotton pillowcases – Using silk to protect the hair will not only fight frizz but also reduce breakage. 


STEP 3: FINISH
LOCK IN YOUR STYLE WITH ANTI HUMIDITY HEROES

To finish off the frizz taming process use KMS TAMEFRIZZ DE-FRIZZ OIL. You don’t need to worry about this oil leaving your hair greasy or flat as it is made up of a lightweight non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly. Apply a few drops to dry hair in order to smooth and seal the cuticle. Thanks to the Dimethiconol Polymer, TAMEFRIZZ  DE-FRIZZ OIL provides frizz and humidity control for up to THREE DAYS!

KMS FINISH
TameFrizz De-Frizz Oil 100ml

Styling Tip: Lock in your look with Anti-humidity hairspray in order to shield your hair from frizz.

KMS FINISH
HairStay Anti-Humidity Seal 150ml

KMS HAIRSTAY ANTI-HUMIDITY SEAL acts like an umbrella for the hair, shielding it from humidity and frizz for up to 72 hours! Spray 10-12″ (25-30 cm) from dry hair as a final seal against humidity. 


Shop the full KMS Tame Fizz range at allbeauty.